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A classy floating retreat, Royal Princess will charm the new generations of cruisers while also a pleasing regular cruisers. The latest retrofit since its maiden voyage in 2013 has upgraded the ship with amenities such as additional pools and the remarkable SeaWalk, a top-deck glass-floor pathway that offers a breathtaking view of the sea from nine metres off the ship’s edge and 39 metres above the ocean.

Accommodation

Of Royal Princess’ 1,780 cabins, 1,438 have their own private verandah, and there are 342 interior cabins. Lifeboats that often obstruct views have been situated outside public rooms, allowing all cabins with verandas the fullest views. All cabins are fitted with twin-to-queen beds with dainty upholstered headboards, wall-mounted TV, a hair dryer, well-provided bathrooms, and even turndown services with heart-shaped chocolates. The vanity space and generous storage add comfort.

Food

Allegro, Concerto and Symphony, the main dining halls, have traditional set dinner times (6pm and 8.15pm) and free dining options. All dining halls have custom meals for guests with special preferences. Concerto is also open for breakfast and daily lunches. Casual buffet dining served at the Horizon Court. There are only a handful of other restaurants, excluding bistros and bars, but they are high quality and among the best at sea, from the Crab Shack’s seafood to Alfredo’s and Prego Pizzeria’s freshly baked pizza and Italian dishes.

Activities

Uniquely placed near the central Piazza, the Lotus Spa is now on deck 5 and has been expanded to 930 square metres, making it the biggest in the Princess Cruises fleet. The spa may be short on natural light, but is a tranquil space with a wide range of treatments and options including an enriched thermal suite, The Enclave. Couple packages are available in the spa and The Sanctuary, an adults-only area. Princess Sports Central comes with more games and activities on top of the fitness centre, which is equipped with exciting new gear and equipment.

Families

From six months to 17 years of age, kids are well taken care of at the Youth Center, which is also open for parents who love to participate with their kids. From the Jr. Chef@Sea program to video games, Princess Pelican and Shockwaves, cater to energetic youngsters craving adventure and discoveries.

Verdict

A modern resort-style ship that will appeal to families, Princess fans and first-time cruisers.

– Cruise Passenger 

“Royal might represent an evolution for Princess, but it’s still offering an experience that will feel familiar to fans.”

– Cruise Critic 

“This is a large, family-friendly, multi-choice contemporary resort ship.”

– Berlitz

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